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Mississippi River Commission in Vicksburg August 21

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This story has been updated to include potential questions and registration requirements to speak at the meeting.

The Mississippi River Commission, headquartered in Vicksburg, announced that it will hold four public meetings in August on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ flagship towboat, the motor vehicle Mississippi.

Commission members will meet with local partners, stakeholders and residents and hear their concerns, ideas and issues. All meetings are open to the public. Interested parties are invited to present their views on matters affecting the water resources infrastructure needs in the valley, including flood control, the Mississippi River and Tributaries project, and other water resources challenges.

All meetings will start at 9 a.m. and conclude by 12:30 p.m. The scheduled stops on the Mississippi River are:

August 19—Caruthersville, Mo., city front

August 20—Helena, Ark., Helena Harbor boat ramp;

August 21—Vicksburg, city front; and

August 23—Baton Rouge, La., city dock.

For more information, call 601-634-5768.

Each speaker must register to speak at the meetings, and you can download the registration form from this link. Speakers will be limited to five minutes. Other speaker requirements:

• To register to speak, email the registration form to cemvd-ex@usace.army.mil, prior to the public meeting.
• Fill out a separate registration form for each person who will give testimony at the public meeting.
• Arrive 30 minutes prior to the meeting. Name tags will be prepared based on information provided.
• Copies of the registration form are acceptable.

If you plan to attend regarding the Yazoo Pumps project, a concerned Vicksburg Daily News reader suggests that you press for answers to these questions:

  1. What are you doing right now to finish the pumps?
  2. What percentage of USACE’s total budget it spent on research and development to develop innovative ways to help with flood control?

The MRC, established in 1879 by an act of Congress, provides water resources engineering direction and policy advice to the administration, Congress and the U.S. Army in a drainage basin that covers 41 percent of the United States and parts of two Canadian provinces by overseeing the planning and reporting on the improvements on the Mississippi River. The intent behind the mission of the MRC today is the same as the mission placed on the commission upon its creation—to lead sustainable management and development of water related resources for the nation’s benefit and the people’s well-being.

In its current capacity, the Mississippi River Commission is charged with prosecuting the comprehensive river management program known as the Mississippi River and Tributaries project.

Updated to include speaking information.

 

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Valentine’s Day Cards & Raffle!

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Show your love with a special digital Valentine’s Day Card.

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All Valentine’s Day Cards will be featured on Vicksburg Daily News.

 

Win you & your valentine an extra special Valentine’s Day with prizes from 10 South, Southern Beauty, and Helen’s Florist. The winner will also be interviewed and featured on Vicksburg Daily News.

To be eligible to win, make sure you like Vicksburg Daily News on Facebook & purchase a Valentine’s Day Card

Every dollar spent is equal to one raffle ticket (i.e. 1 Option C & 2 Option A’s = $12 = 12 Chances To Win).

 

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Thanks to you, we had more than 3 million hits this month

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When we say we are the largest, most read paper in town, we mean it, and we’ve got the numbers to prove it. But before we do that, let me take a moment to thank you for putting us over the 3 million mark for the month of January.

A screenshot of a total of 3 million hits in January as of 6 p.m.

Our website got over 3 million hits in the month of January. We can break that number down to any demographic you want to see, but know this: Vicksburg obviously loves local news done by a locally owned company that is invested in the community.

We live, work and play here. We own property here. We are invested in our community and committed to providing the news—the good and the bad.

If anyone else wants you to advertise with them, make them show you their numbers.

The hard work of Ronni Mott, Keith Phillips, Kami May, Gabrielle Terret, Gordon Cotton, Thomas Parker and Chris Tankesly are greatly appreciated. This team of reporters, interviewers and news hounds/junkies make work fun and help to keep the focus on providing Vicksburg with the most accurate news delivered quickly and with compassion.

We love providing you with the news and we love that you love seeing it.

2020 is going to be even bigger and better. Vicksburg, you ain’t seen nothing yet!

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Eagle Lake community meeting announced for Feb. 1

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Eagle Lake Shore Road before and after the 2019 flooding.

Earl Wallace, chief of the Eagle Lake Fire Department, has announced a meeting to discuss the potential of flooding on the lake in 2020 and to organize a community effort in the event flooding occurs again this year.

The meeting will be held at the Eagle Lake Methodist Church (16785 state Route 465) on Saturday, Feb. 1, starting at 1 p.m.

Wallace says all members of the Eagle Lake community are invited, whether they live there full or part-time, as well as interested stakeholders in the South Delta. Various area agencies have been contacted to have representatives at the meeting.

In 2019, more than 550,000 acres in the South Delta were underwater for months, and most of the houses at Eagle Lake took on water, which caused devastating damage to many structures. Roads were closed, and some folks used boats to get to their homes. Cleanup, demolition and repairs, which began in August, are ongoing.

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